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Actually many of the Greek philosophers proposed evolutionary ideas, e.g. Anaximander, Epicurus and Empedocles. This also demolishes silly arguments like 'Newton was a creationist merely because there was no alternative.'

Socrates, Theology Web 6 Comments [1/1/2004 12:00:00 AM]
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He was a creationist because he was indoctrinated as a child. And probably had never heard of an idea close to evolution so there was no alternative.

8/3/2008 4:12:50 PM

Calling an idea silly without refuting it is a sign that you don't know what you're talking about.

4/10/2013 2:32:43 PM


This is dangerously close to the Hovind school of "evolution was made by the devil 6000 years ago".

4/10/2013 3:18:23 PM


So how do you excuse his endorsement of alchemy and astrology?

4/10/2013 3:18:50 PM


I don't remember that being the argument except in the case that he was raised in the faith. Many of his contemporaries had no real belief but Newton had decided to go for full-on belief, something that wasn't shunned in his day and in fact allowed more opportunities in acedemia. In his world you could believe or pretend you believed, these were the safest scenarios.

He's wasn't like you Christians of today, he didn't ignore the contradictions or plain wrong parts of the Bible or deny the problem. He seperated them and tried to resolve them and he couldn't.

None of this affected his scientific and mathematical work as neither is influenced by Scripture and you know damn well he wasn't backed by the church in his seeking of knowledge.

4/12/2013 7:08:19 AM

rubber chicken

He was a creationist because he stood on the shoulders of other creationists.

Where is the fundie with this one ? He is actually correct. Such a claim about Newton is, indeed, a silly one.

4/12/2013 8:37:25 AM

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